Man murdered in Trenton Wednesday night, another shot earlier in the day

Police investigate a murder on Whittaker Ave. (Gregg Slaboda - Trentonian)

Police investigate a murder on Whittaker Avenue. June 1, 2016 (Gregg Slaboda - Trentonian)

UPDATE: The victim of this fatal shooting has been identified as 38-year-old Elvin Grimsley.

A man was murdered Wednesday evening in almost the same manner and location as a man who was killed in the capital city last month.

Officials say police found a man suffering from gunshot wounds while sitting inside a car near the intersection of Whittaker Avenue and Elmer Street after receiving a call about a shooting around 6:30 p.m.

The man, whose identity is being withheld pending family notification, was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The location of that shooting is near the spot where Ricardo Montalvan Jr. was gunned down while inside his car on the night of May 11. Two city teens were later arrested and charged with murder in connection with Montalvan’s death, which detectives believe was the result of a robbery gone awry.

Officials have not disclosed a motive for Wednesday’s killing, nor have they released a suspect description.

Earlier Wednesday afternoon, another man was shot during what sources believe may have been an argument regarding drugs.

Officials say police were dispatched to the first block of Washington Street around 3:50 p.m. and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to his left shoulder. The man, whose age is not known at this time, was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. As of press time Wednesday evening, the man was in the intensive care unit in extremely critical condition. A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the bullet entered the victim’s shoulder and traveled toward his heart.

“It’s pretty bad,” the source said. “There’s a better chance of survival if the bullet goes through-and-through. But if it stays in the body and bounces around, there’s no telling which organs it may hit.”

Detectives believe the victim and the suspect of the afternoon shooting were arguing about drugs prior to the incident, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the investigation. Sources also said the suspect fired at the victim while he was running away.

As of press time, no one has been arrested in connection with either shooting.

So far this year, eight people have been killed and dozens have been injured by gunfire in Trenton.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call police at 609-989-4155, or contact the Trenton Police confidential tip line at (609) 989-3663. Individuals may also call the Trenton Crime Stoppers tip line at (609) 278-8477. Those wishing to text a tip can send a message labeled TCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.

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